An Army of Immigrants

The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program was created in 2008 with the intention of drawing in foreign military recruits to the U.S.

Since 2009, the MAVNI program has produced more than 10,400 military personnel who possess language and medical skills the U.S. military vitally needs.

In exchange for their service, the MAVNI program provides its foreign recruits with a fast-tracked citizenship.

The program was suspended last year because of potential security threats.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he supports the reactivation of this program.

U.S. troops are sworn in as naturalized American citizens through MAVNI (

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